The biggest news of the week was the shooting death of former Saints defensive end Will Smith. Smith, who came to New Orleans after playing at Ohio State, was shot and killed Saturday night after an argument involving a traffic accident. The City of New Orleans lost a great citizen on Saturday night. For the Saints, the 2009 Super Bowl Season wouldn't have been possible without Smith. He anchored a ferocious defense that was the real reason why New Orleans won the Lombardi Trophy that season. As football fans, it's hard when a great player dies so suddenly. Will Smith will be missed.
See below for other NFL news from last week.
Jets lose D'Brickashaw Ferguson – These were the players drafted ahead of Ferguson in the 2006 NFL Draft: 1-DE, Mario Williams, 2-RB Reggie Bush, 3-QB Vince Young. Williams has been great. Bush was great for about 3 seasons and then tailed off. Young was out of the NFL after 6 seasons. Ferguson was a mainstay on the Jets' offensive line for over 10 years. Last season, he protected QB Ryan Fitzpatrick's blind side. Instead of taking a pay cut, Ferguson decided to retire.
Jets acquireed Ryan Clady from the Broncos – The Jets, proving that they aren't the same old Jets from years past, immediately traded for LT Ryan Clady from Denver. Clady missed the entire 2015 NFL Season after a knee injury last May. When healthy, he's a stud on the line. Clady became expendable after the Broncos signed LT Russell Okung away from Seattle.
The move makes sense for both teams. The Jets get Clady at a lot less money than what it would have cost them to keep Ferguson. They also acquired a 7th Round Pick from Denver. With the extra dollars, NYJ can resign Fitzpatrick. In addition to receiving a 5th Round Pick for Clady, the Broncos freed themselves of Clady's contract. That will allow them to possibly make a deal with San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick.
Goff, Wentz to visit SF this week – Ferguson's retirement could be the domino that puts things into place for the Jets, Broncos and the 49'ers. San Francisco made a smart move by resigning Kaepernick. At first, I was confused as to what the 49'ers were doing by not trading Kap when they had the chance. Then, I realized that they were just being honest. They truly don't mind having Kaepernick on their roster. So, if Denver really wants him, the Broncos will have to trade a second or third rounder, I'm guessing, to acquire him.
When you're honest things tend to fall into place. It looks like that's what's happening for San Francisco. The 49'ers are in a position at number 7 to draft either QB Jared Goff from California or QB Carson Wentz from South Dakota State. Both guys visit the Bay Area this week. Also, it's much more likely now that the Broncos make the deal for Kaepernick, meaning that Chip Kelly will have one less headache to deal with this summer.
Manziel being Manziel – One player that NFL Teams haven't said much about this season is QB Johnny Manziel. Manziel was seen leaving a West Hollywood night spot and saying that he's living with Denver LB Vonn Miller. Conor Orr at NFL.com has all of the details.
One of the first blogs that I wrote for NFLInjury.com was about Johnny Football. He has all of the markers of someone who needs mental health help. His latest actions haven't changed that opinion. I hope that Manziel gets the help he needs. If he doesn't, finding a team that believes in his abilities won't matter so much because he'll have much bigger issues to deal with.